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post #1 of 10 Old 06-10-2015, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Best intercom headset for a modular helmet?

I finally found a modular helmet that I liked the way it fit. Of course it was the Shoei NeoTec, which is one of the more pricey options... So I finally found an acceptable deal on one and bought it. What a great helmet!

But now, it occurs to me I don't know where the microphone will go for a headset. I'd like to get an intercom so I can talk to my (occasional) co-pilot, but the last one I had (a Chatterbox XBi) the mic was stuck to the front chin bar and I wouldn't be able to swing up the front of the helmet.

I'm sure others have found a solution for this - any ideas would be appreciated.

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Sena.......period.

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Sena.......period.
...Unless you want to go "boom-less", in which case, AFAIK, the only other choice is Uclear.
I've been using it for a couple of seasons and it works well so far. Good sized speakers put out decent sound, even through earplugs. Pairing with second unit on wife's helmet easy. I've only ever used it for the intercom, and when passenger not with me, stream music from the phone. Oh, I think I had it paired with GPS once too. For a better overview see the review on Webbikeworld.
I haven't used the Sena, but also know people that are pretty happy with those. My only other experience has been with Autocom and although it worked well, the boom can be a PITA.

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...Unless you want to go "boom-less", in which case, AFAIK, the only other choice is Uclear.
I've been using it for a couple of seasons and it works well so far. Good sized speakers put out decent sound, even through earplugs. Pairing with second unit on wife's helmet easy. I've only ever used it for the intercom, and when passenger not with me, stream music from the phone. Oh, I think I had it paired with GPS once too. For a better overview see the review on Webbikeworld.
I haven't used the Sena, but also know people that are pretty happy with those. My only other experience has been with Autocom and although it worked well, the boom can be a PITA.
I have both the boom and "boom-less" Sena.

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I have both the boom and "boom-less" Sena.
Right..
I should have been a bit clearer. The Uclear units have the microphones integrated into the edge of the speakers. By some electronic magic they are focused in such a way that it picks up your speech without using a boom or any other mic. stuck to the inside of your helmet near your lips. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the Sena quite does that.
I don't think the system is perfect, but like the Sena the firmware is upgradeable and to be honest, any complaints I have had so far are probably because I am too lazy to take 15 minutes to sort things out.
Anyway, it is worth doing a thorough comparison as neither of these units are exactly cheap.

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I use a Sena SMH10 and have been very impressed! I had a call from someone that would not believe I was riding a motorcycle today.
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I have both the boom and "boom-less" Sena.
Could you describe how the boom-less Sena works? Or point me to a pic of one installed in a helmet? I can't quite imagine how it's set up for a modular.

Thanks for all the input.

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Oh look - I found a tutorial:

Sena SMH10 Helmet Installation Tutorial

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Could you describe how the boom-less Sena works? Or point me to a pic of one installed in a helmet? I can't quite imagine how it's set up for a modular.

Thanks for all the input.
Have the boom for the modular, cannot see how the boom-less could work.

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Sena has three mics. One is integrated into the mount, one is remote wired but is still a boom that velcros under the cheek pad (it's what I use with my Neotec helmet. and anther that is not a boom but velcroed onto the chinbar.

The one you want is the remote boom mic.

This is the base you want. The boom mic will Velcro under your cheekpad and stick out of the front of the cheek pad. If you'd like I can snap some pics of mine in the morning and post them up. It's a very simple install.
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